The Most Nostalgia-Inducing Songs From The 70s
via BBC Newsnight/YouTube
By definition, nostalgia is a sentimental yearning for the past. Such times often signify a happy moment or memory. And more often than not, songs are the fastest and most effective way to go back in time. Rock ‘n roll tunes, no matter what your preference is, never fail to make us feel things – may it be longing, sadness, aching, happiness, or pain.
For this list, we compiled 10 songs which make us nostalgic and remind us of the good ‘ole days in the 1970s. So, are you ready to be transported to one of the greatest decades in rock?
10. Harry Chapin – “Cat’s in the Cradle” (1974)
Whether you can relate to this song or not, 10/10 you’ll most likely want to reminisce all the happy moments in the past.
9. Electric Light Orchestra – “Strange Magic” (1976)
Less than twenty seconds into the song and it would take you back to the good ‘ole days.
8. Alice Cooper – “School’s Out” (1972)
Ah, those times when your biggest problem is waking up to go to school. Fun times.
7. Chicago – “Old Days” (1975)
Back in the ’70s, simple things make us happy – drive-in movies, comic books, and baseball cards. The best lines? “Take me back to the world gone away. Memories seem like yesterday.”
6. Aerosmith – “Walk This Way” (1975)
Aerosmith is one of the reasons why the ’70s was a golden era in rock ‘n roll. It also makes you miss those devil-may-care days in your life.
5. Led Zeppelin – “Stairway to Heaven” (1971)
Still remember the first time you heard this masterpiece?
4. Eagles – “Take It Easy” (1972)
Some songs are lighthearted and inspiring but they make you nostalgic all the same – songs like this Eagles classic.
3. Don McLean – “American Pie” (1971)
Who can forget “the day the music died”? No matter what mood you were in before this started playing, you’re guaranteed to suddenly get teary-eyed.
2. Creedence Clearwater Revival – “Have You Ever Seen the Rain” (1970)
We’re pretty sure we’re not the only ones who feel like crying to this.
1. Jim Croce – “Time in a Bottle” (1973)
The ultimate nostalgia-inducing song from the ’70s. It’s not just the track itself too. Remembering Jim Croce and what happened to him is enough to turn us into an emotional wreck.